Spark Inside has contributed to the Prisoner Policy Network’s inaugural report on incentives in prison as a partner organisation.
The Prisoner Policy Network (PPN) is made up of people who are currently in, or used to be in prison, and organisations that support them. It was established by the Prison Reform Trust to ensure people who have experienced living in prison are included in national policymaking on prisons.
The PPN’s first consultation asked ‘what incentives work in prison?’ The consultation opened alongside a national policy review of the Incentives and Earned Privileges scheme – the prison incentives scheme that is currently in place.
Over 1250 prisoners responded to PPN’s consultation via letters, phone calls, emails, face to face visits to prisons across the country and through 24 supporting partner organisations – Spark Inside being one of them.
In October 2018, our Service Delivery Managers talked to men in HMP Wormwood Scrubs about what incentives would work for them. Their focus was largely on making incentives meaningful by helping them progress on the outside. They discussed increasing the use of release on temporary license (ROTL) and getting more support in the community on their release.
“We need things in the community to help us progress and support us. That is what a real incentive would be – knowing that when we are released we can progress and get the support we need.”
The final report was launched yesterday in HMP Coldingley, and makes key policy recommendations for policymakers who are devising a new incentives scheme.
We are delighted to have collaborated with the Prison Reform Trust and contributed to the PPN’s first policy report, and to have enabled people we work with, who are currently serving prison sentences to influence national policymakers.